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6 MacBook lifehacks for beginners

Apple MacBook is a very smart device with smart functions. The only thing you've got to do, it getting familiar with those. Are you using your MacBook for the first time? You can read useful lifehacks for beginners in this article. How to change Delete to Backspace, for instance.

Share files with the entire family


Transferring a file from one Apple device to another is easy when using AirDrop. If I want to transfer photos from my MacBook to my partners MacBook, or if I want to transfer videos from my iPhone to my MacBook, all I've got to do is select the right photo's and indicate I want to share them via Airdrop. I have to keep both devices closely together in order to do so.

Use special characters such as é and ö

Special characters

When typing an email or other text, I occasionally need an e with a dash (accent aigu for the French) or an o with two dots (the well-known umlaut). On a MacBook, I can simply add those characters by pressing a letter key longer. If I press the e key, I get a pop-up of all special characters with an e. It works exactly the same for the i, o, u, and so on.

Add an emoji


Did a colleague make a bad joke? (What is an astronaut's favorite key on a computer keyboard? The space bar.) As far as I'm concerned, a crying emoji is the only logical reaction. To add an emoji, open the emoji keyboard by pressing the Command, Control and Space bar simultaneously. I can also use the Touch Bar on my Macbook Pro to replace my typed text with an emoji. If I type 'apple' or 'pie', the Touch Bar will show the right emoji.

Change Delete to Backspace, or vice versa

Apple keyboard

The MacBook keyboard either has a Backspace key or a Delete key. That's not always useful when I want to quickly remove something in the middle of a text. To change Delete to Backspace - or vice versa - I hold the fn key while removing text. This tip is especially useful for everyone who made the leap to Apple for the first time and is still used to a keyboard with both keys.

All your open programs side by side

All open programs side by side

Multitasking is a breeze on MacBook, so I often have many different programs open at the same time. If I want to jump from Spotify to Photoshop quickly, I use a simple motion. By placing 3 fingers side by side on the touchpad and then sliding them up, I get to see all open programs.

Adjust volume in smaller steps

Volume in smaller steps

Especially when I use my earbuds on YouTube, I like to be able to control the volume fairly precisely. I do this by holding down the Shift and Option keys while using the volume keys. The volume then changes in steps that are 4 times smaller than normal. I also use the same trick for screen brightness and keyboard lighting.

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